Art AfterWords: A Book Discussion

Event Date: 
Tue Dec 18, 2018 5:30pm
Event Location: 
G Street Lobby
Event Cost: 

Free. Registration required. 

Event Category: 
Lectures & Discussions
Join staff from the National Portrait Gallery and the DC Public Library for a monthly discussion of portraits and prose. Discuss a portrait from the collection in addition to a related book. This month’s topic is The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot as related to artist Kadir Nelson’s portrait of Lacks.  This event is part of a series that will include discussions of The Three-Year Swim Club: The Untold Story of Maui’s Sugar Ditch Kids and Their Quest for Olympic Gold by Julie Checkoway on Tuesday, Jan. 15 and Becoming by Michelle Obama on Tuesday, Feb. 19. Free registration at

Henrietta Lacks by Kadir Nelson, 2017. Collection of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery and National Museum of African American History & Culture, Gift from Kadir Nelson and the JKBN Group, LLC.